Month: July 2017

Monk Skill: The Pilgrimage

Many religions subscribe to the idea of a pilgrimage.   These are journeys to a specific place in order to pay homage and respect, and to learn and grow.  Taking part in pilgrimages helps us come to terms with our mortality and our place in the world.  At times you may find yourself on a

Food For Thought: Restless Thinkers

I recently watched a preview video for a game in development by Neil deGrasse Tyson called Space Odyssey.  The game itself seems interesting and as a homeschooling family, it looks like a fun way to engage with the kids in science curriculum, but it wasn’t the game itself that really resonated with me. In the

Scholar Skill: Get Some Knowledge

My dad was always known as the smartest man in camp.  As a lifelong scouter and scoutmaster he would spend a couple weeks out of every year camping with the boys.  One of the things he was known for was playing ask me anything.  He seemed to be an endless fount of knowledge.  He could

Warrior Skill: Push the Earth

Execution of warrior skills requires physical fitness.  For a lot of people fitness training is surrounded by "ya, buts..." and other excuses.  I believe the simplest answer to this problem is to just drop down and do some push ups to get your mind right.   Push ups are a fast action you can take

Food For Thought: The Circus

In SEAL training you spend your day running, swimming, doing calisthenics, then doing more running and swimming and of course, more calisthenics. At the end of the day if you failed to meet any of the standards set out for you during your normal training day (ie: failed a timed run or swim) then you

Monk Skill: Discipline Through Honor

My personal honor code is derived from two main influence; my time as a scout and my military service.  This is not a figurative honor code, this is something I carry with me everyday. It is hand written and personal.  I wrote it June 2012 about a year after I returned from Afghanistan.  I describe

Food for Thought: Information Availability

This morning I had a realization about a contrast between myself and my kids.  When I was growing up we were on the cusp of the information revolution.  In elementary school we still made frequent trips to the library to get books to do research, but as we moved into high school we stopped going

The Scholar

There are three Archetypes of Skill that help us define and focus the areas we want to improve to live skillfully.  These are The Warrior, Scholar, and Monk.  This article provides the initial overview of the attributes and skills associated with the scholar. The Scholar The Scholar represents our ability to learn, reason, and create.